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Top 3 Famous Nigerian Soccer Players



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Brief descriptions of three bright Nigerian footballers. They have always played an important role in any team, being in different positions

Alexander Chuka Iwobi

This is the nephew of the Nigerian midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha, who made a great career as a footballer. Such a famous uncle couldn’t help but influence his son’s desire to play soccer.

Alexander lived in England since he was four years old, and at the age of eight, he became a pupil of the soccer club Arsenal. He signed a five-year contract with the club in October 2015 and soon went on the field for the first time in the game against Swansea City.

Besides, a young talented player at first played for the youth team of England and even won the Victory Shield Cup in 2011. Being a fast and skilful soccer player, Iwobi was lucky with his mentors.

In addition to the famous uncle, among his teachers was the legendary Nwankwo Kanu, it was they who advised Alexander to play for the national team of Nigeria. The list of trophies Alexander Chuka Iwobi is not yet great, but still ahead.

John Obi Mikel

This talented player’s career began to develop rapidly, after an incredible success, when Pepsi company chose him to its soccer academy, out of 3 thousand applicants.

At the age of 19, Mikel became known to the soccer community thanks to the scandalous transition to Chelsea, because originally, another great club Manchester United wanted to buy a soccer player.

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You can follow Obi Mikel’s brilliant career, although his best years are already in the past. He has won the African Nations Cup 2013 and many club level titles, including rank Best Young Chelsea Player, 2007 and 2008.

Victor Moses

Victor Moses had a difficult childhood, he lost his parents at the age of 11 during the religious disturbances. He miraculously remained intact and relatives helped him to get asylum in England.

That’s where the successful career of a talented midfielder began. Already at school age, Moses won a lot of titles, including the Cup of England among schoolchildren in the Crystal Palace and Victory Shield in 2005 as part of the England U-16 team.

Afterwards, he played for the national team of Nigeria and many famous clubs, won the national championship as a part of Chelsea, and became the owner of the Cup of England. The most successful year in the player’s career was 2013, when Moses won the UEFA Cup, as part of the Chelsea team, and became the winner of the Cup of African Nations, receiving the main prize for fair play.

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DAZN, Videocites Partner to Tackle Illegal Streaming, Piracy




By Adedapo Adesanya

DAZN Group, the world’s leading sports streaming service, and Videocites, a cutting-edge technology company specialising in automated content detection solutions over social media, have announced a strategic partnership to intensify Dazn’s battle against intellectual property (IP) theft and illegal social media streams of its live sports content.

The collaboration reflects their shared commitment to combating online piracy and promoting legitimate live sports streaming services and is part of Dazn’s wider campaign to protect its valuable IP.

According to a statement seen by Business Post, the ease and speed with which video can be shared on social media platforms has led to a proliferation of illegal streams of live sports content in recent years.

This will soon be history as Videocites’ powerful solution, which uses AI-driven video recognition algorithms, will enable the swift identification of unauthorised streams amidst vast amounts of user-generated content on social media platforms, even when the video has been manipulated or distorted as part of the pirates’ efforts to circumvent defence mechanisms.

Leveraging this in real-time, Videocites technology enables Dazn to remove 98 per cent of the thousands of pirated streams detected on social media within minutes, representing unprecedented efficiency and protecting the intellectual property of rights owners.

According to the Chief Technology Officer at DAZN Group, Mr Sandeep Tiku, “By swiftly removing pirated streams from social media platforms, we disrupt the viewing experience, which in turn demotivates consumers from accessing them in the future and encourages them to seek a legitimate service.

“Ultimately, this will deter intellectual property theft and maintain a fair and sustainable digital environment, safeguarding the interests of broadcasters, rights owners, and athletes. The potential upside is remarkable.”

“Personal streaming has significantly increased the scale of social piracy, which is no match to the current manual solutions,” said the co-founder and CEO of Videocites, Mr Eyal Arad.

“Videocites uses its Video-AI capabilities to combat the rising tide of social piracy with scalable, immediate, and resilient detection and enforcement. We are proud to have a valuable contribution to a leading innovative streaming platform like Dazn and support their global growth,” he added.

Videocites’ technology has consistently been recognized for its excellence, earning the prestigious “Best in Anti-Piracy” accolade from SportsPro three times in a row.

Its ground-breaking solutions, proven and trusted by notable organisations and rights owners such as the NBA, major leagues, Hollywood studios, and various OTT platforms, are a testament to its top-tier status in the industry.

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WHO, FIFA Extends Collaboration to Promote Healthy Lifestyles



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By Adedapo Adesanya

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the President of the world’s football governing body, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), Mr Gianni Infantino, have signed a new agreement to promote health through football.

FIFA and the global health watchdog agreed to extend their collaboration and continue to use the power of football to promote healthy lifestyles and equal access to health services worldwide.

During the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, both parties signed a four-year extension to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier sealed on October 4, 2019.

Speaking on this, the WHO chief said, “Health and football are perfect teammates. Promoting healthy lifestyles, safe stadiums, and the physical and mental benefits of physical activity are among the many health goals WHO is proud to keep scoring with FIFA for the next four years.

“WHO’s partnership with FIFA has already succeeded in sharing evidence-based messages to help people of all ages lead healthier and safer lives through the power of football and sport. WHO looks forward to continuing this journey.”

“We are proud to have signed and renewed the memorandum of understanding with the World Health Organization – we are proud to continue our relationship to pass important physical and mental health messages through our global football audience,” Mr Infantino said.

“I extend my gratitude to Dr Tedros, to his wonderful team, to everyone that helps in the healthcare sector – from doctors to nurses to healthcare professionals and health ministers – and to everyone who contributes to making our lives better,” he added.

Reflecting on the past four years, he noted, “Both Dr Tedros and I felt that in a world that is more and more divided, maybe if the World Health Organization and FIFA join forces, we can achieve something, we can have even just a little impact to make our lives a little bit better. Since 2019, we have worked together with our colleagues at the World Health Organization to try to use the impact of football that helps drive health for one and all.”

During the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA and the WHO launched the Football Unites the World campaign. Supported by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Hassan Al-Haydos, Karim Benzema, Lucy Bronze, Giulia Gwinn, Kaká, Robert Lewandowski, Carli Lloyd, Édouard Mendy and Emmanuel Petit as well as by two of the WHO’s Goodwill Ambassadors for Sport and Health, namely Alisson Becker and Didier Drogba, it illustrated football’s unrivalled ability to bring people together.

The support of the Qatar Ministry of Public Health, FIFA and the WHO collaborated on a number of initiatives to promote the importance of access to physical and mental health for all.

Since 2020, the two organisations have joined forces on various digital campaigns and initiatives to address a range of health-related issues. These include (#ReachOut) for domestic violence (#SafeHome), an appreciation of the work of health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic (#HumanitysHeroes), equitable access to vaccinations and vaccines, diagnostics, oxygen and other life-saving tools (#ACTogether) and “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus campaign”, where FIFA Legends called on people around the world to take five steps to stop the spread of the disease.

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Manchester City Win Third Straight League Title As Arsenal Slip



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By Adedapo Adesanya

Manchester City have won the Premier League title for the third season in a row after Arsenal were defeated 1-0 by Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

This made it the fifth time in the past six seasons that the Blue Side of Manchester have secured the top spot under Pep Guardiola.

It is the first trophy of a potential treble, with Manchester United to play in the FA Cup final next month and a Champions League final against Internazionale (Inter Milan) in three weeks’ time.

Manchester City have three matches remaining, starting with Chelsea’s visit to the Etihad on Sunday, before trips to Brighton and Brentford next week.

Former City goalkeeper Alex Williams, who retires after 33 years working for the club, will hand the trophy to club captain, Ilkay Gündogan, after the match with Chelsea.

In mid-January, Arsenal had an eight-point lead over City but Guardiola’s side have overhauled them with three games to spare. Manchester City did this by not dropping a single point in their last 11 matches in the league.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have collected maximum points in just two of their past eight games after holding the premier spot for most of the season.

The new champions have been ruthless since mid-February, a period which saw them sweep aside Arsenal home and away to increase the pressure on Mikel Arteta’s side.

With this triumph, Pep Guardiola is now joint third with Sir Matt Busby and Tom Watson for league triumphs; only Sir Alex Ferguson, Bob Paisley and George Ramsey have won more.

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